As the Guardian reports, Fanning topped the field at the World Surfing League event at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa's Eastern Cape, where almost exactly a year ago he was knocked off his board by a shark during a contest.
Video of that incident quickly went viral online, and Fanning himself said it was a "miracle" he wasn't injured in the altercation.
Yet within days he'd already vowed to not only get back on his board - but return to the spot where his life hung in the balance.
“I’m just stoked that I actually got to come back and right the wrong," he says, "that was my whole plan, was to just to right to wrongs that happened last year. And we did that now, so we can move on.”
The Guardian has much more on the story HERE.